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ByEmily

How to Start a Prayer Journal

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1. No rules-

This is your prayer journal. It can be however you want it to be. It can include whatever you want to include in it. It doesn’t necessarily have to be prayer requests or prayers at all times. It can be plain. It can be fancy. It doesn’t matter. All that matters is that it’s YOURS.

2. Write from the heart-

Keeping a prayer journal is simply a way of putting what’s in your heart on paper. Don’t try to use flowery words to make it sound dignified or professional. You’re not publishing a novel. You’re expressing your soul.

3. It’s not a diary-

A prayer journal isn’t about drama. It’s something between you and God and anyone else with whom you choose to share it. It isn’t a place for you to rant about this person or that person or this situation or that situation.If you do this, you’ll eventually get through that season or over that situation, and when you look back on the drama instead of the prayer….you’ll cringe. By all means, write your heart and how you feel. However,  you don’t want your words to be demeaning. Even if no else ever sees them besides you and God. Trust me.

4. Don’t stress-

If you haven’t written anything in a month, don’t worry about it. It’s not about daily writing or even weekly writing. I started mine in a regular single subject notebook over a year ago and I’ve only used half of the notebook. You write in it whenever you feel led to write in it. If this is only once every 6 months, good for you! As I said earlier, there are no rules.

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I started my journal about a year and a half ago and I truly enjoy it. Like I said, my journal is technically a single subject notebook, not the top of the line deluxe edition journal. I only write in it when I feel the desire to…I don’t force it. Some pages have doodles. Some doodles are random, some actually pertain to whatever I’ve written about. Some entries are songs God recently gave me that I want to write down so I don’t forget. Some entries are about a word someone gave me from the Lord. Some are me baring my soul about certain feelings, situations, circumstances. Some are lists of people I need to pray for. Some are thoughts or God drops that I eventually end up sharing with you all on our blog. I even wrote about my #oneverse and #onescripture for 2014 in my prayer journal. At the end of 2013, I wrote a page of memories, good and bad, happy and sad. Some pages are nothing but Bible scriptures that I need to indulge in at the moment. Some pages have quotes that encourage me or challenge me.

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Writing helps you remember.

Writing helps me to remember. I love going back and reading old entries. I can remember the hardships that God brought me through. I can remember the blessings He showered upon me. I can see answered prayers. I can see worship. I can see growth. It’s not for everyone but it’s something I relish. And I hope one day at the end of my journey to pass my prayer journal on to my children and grandchildren.

Do you have a prayer journal? Share your thoughts with us!

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ByEmily

The Good Cry

I’m a crier. I hate it. I love it. But I am definitely a crier. I’m a super sensitive person and I am very likely to cry at the drop of a hat. This is for sure not my favorite attribute. However, there are times when I am glad to be a crier. Don’t worry, I’m getting there.

 

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I’m one of those women who can totally attest to God blessing me with the perfect match. Why? Because my husband is strong and calm and can see his way through every situation. He has a good head on his shoulders (a cute one, too, *wink*). He thinks things through. He doesn’t dwell on the negative or bad things. He focuses on getting past them, rising above them, and clinging to the part where “….all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Markus not only does this for himself, but for me, as well. He has taught me and helped me to grow out of much of my sensitivity. I have learned that I am stronger than I realized. Thanks to the influence of an amazing husband, I have come a long way.

 

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There are still times that I feel I could break at any moment, but I think of how far I’ve come and remember that the joy of the Lord is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10). With all that being said, there are also times that I go ahead and allow the cry to come. Hence, “The Good Cry.”

Now see, this is where God allowed me to enlighten Markus a little (yep, that’s right…marriage goes both ways). I was able to open his eyes to the way I operate (and probably a lot of other women out there). Some situations may be over and done with; I may be over and above it already, but the tears are still there. A few times I have been in these situations and as the tears are flowing, Markus will say something like, “Well, honey, there’s nothing we can do about it. We just have to pray.” And because of his influence, I completely understand what he’s telling me. But because of my influence, he understands why my response usually sounds like this, “I know babe. I really do, but I still just have to cry it out.”

 

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Crying it out. That’s what the good cry is all about. Release. The good cry allows you to cry it out and bring your spirit release. It doesn’t mean your dwelling on the situation in a negative way. It doesn’t mean you’re mad or angry. It doesn’t mean you’re letting the hurt and pain sink deep within to stay there. The good cry is quite the opposite. It means you’re giving the situation over to God without saying the words. Psalm 56:8 talks about God bottling our tears. He knows and understands every tear we cry, even when we can’t comprehend them ourselves. When the good cry is all cried out, our soul feels relieved and we can rest assured that God has every situation in His hands.

After the good cry. That is when I’m glad to be a crier. And if you believe you’re in need of a good cry…go ahead. God is listening. He has your bottle ready, and He’s waiting for you to cry it out.